OK, be forewarned: this is NOT an interesting post. I just forgot to mention this before and thought that it was a bit amusing.
So, most of you are probably aware that in Japan you absolutely NEVER wear your shoes indoors. There’s always a small, lowered area just inside of the entrance called the “genkan” where you must remove and leave your shoes before stepping up to the main area. Even the low-end dorm buildings have this; each room has its own cubbie for the occupant’s shoes. Well, the gym is no exception! That’s right…people work out in just socks here. When you walk into the main gym building, there’s a HUGE pile of shoes at the entrance for everyone who’s in the building at the moment. Quite a difference from the “no shirt, no shoes, no service” policy in the gyms back home.
Here you can see the full assortment of equipment Kansai Gaidai has to offer…
…along with their wonderful dumbbell collection! Now you might be thinking “that rack just looks so empty because the weights are probably all over the floor, he’s not telling the whole story.” Nope! It is kind of cool, though, because more than half of the time I go there the place is completely empty. It’s like having my own gym…only…not!
Last night in Osaka was great. I think I’ll do it again tonight. Later!**